Court asks new NUP leaders to explain transfer issues

By Sania Babirye

High Court under Justice Musa Ssekana has asked the founders of now National Unity platform to appear in court and enlighten on the ongoing party ownership, registration and transfer.

Those summoned include Former party leader Moses Nkonge Kibalama and former secretary general Simbwa Paul Kagombe.

Justice Sekana made the summons after NUP party leader through their lawyers led by Medard Ssegona asked court to have the leaders summoned and explain to court on how the party changed ownership and name.

These have now been ordered to appear in court on the 25th of this month.

Early this week, justice Sekana dismissed a suit that was seeking to temporarily block the activities of National unity platform party including including nomination of candidates.

This is after two people who claim to be members of the gormercUnity Reconciliation and development party (NURP) party dragged now NUP leader and also Kyadondo east MP Robert Kyagulanyi and other party members of taking over and registering the party illegally.

Two people Difas Basile and Hassan Twala petitioned the high court claiming to be founding members if National Unity Reconciliation and Development party (NURP) which they claim was illegal required ,changed and registered by Bobiwine into NUP.

Bobi Wine is jointly sued with the Electoral Commission (EC), Attorney General (AG), NURP acting president Moses Nkonge Kibalama, NUP leaders David Lewis Rubongoya, Aisha Kabanda, Joel Ssenyonyi, Flavia Kalule Nabagabe, Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu and Paul Ssimbwa Kagombe.

These are seeking court to order EC to de-gazette the change of the NURP party name that appears in the General Notice No. 838 of 2019, de-register NUP and reinstate NURP as the legally recognised party name.

Meanwhile Hon.Bobiwine was refuted claims made by Nkonge that he promised him 5 million shillings to sell him the party.

A video yesterday became viral showing Nkonge claiming that Bobiwine has failed to pay him the said 5 million as promised during the transfer.

Bobiwine says these are all lies being spread but as NUP they will not be intimidated and will gain victory

He says they never did any thing illegally but since the take over, Kibalama has been threatened and intimidated with his family being trailed.

He says they held a delegates conference in which they were legally voted and have minutes to prove so.

He adds that Kibalama’s family informed him that he had been kidnapped with another person and his whereabouts still remain unknown.

Segona says the former clients must state the record straight over the alleged illegal ownership as NUP they know who is behind the said case but will not give up.

DP die hards not impressed with current party defection wave

A senior member of the Democratic Party and also former Kawempe south MP Sebuliba Mutumba and another senior member of DP warn opposition parties not to celebrate the defection of members from one party to another because it is dangerous to the existence of parties.

In an interview with Capital Radio, Mutumba said that what political parties should do now is to attract new members from the ruling NRM party if they are to progress, other than poaching from each other.

Sebuliba says it is unfortunate that opposition party are killing other parties yet these are the fountain and pillars that can hold democracy.

He called upon leaders of opposition parties to come together and settle the dust before it is too late.

“The current trend of politics is not healthy and leaders need to come back to their senses and settle the dust.” Mutumba said.

Sebuliba adds that parties should aim at consolidating their efforts, other than jubilation when one comes from one opposition party to another.

Bobi Wine sues IGP Okoth Ochola

By Sania Babirye

People power movement leader and National unity platform political party president Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobiwine has dragged the Inspector General of police and the Mbale senior police officers to the high court in Mbale seeking compensation in form of damages for allegedly blocking him from having a paid for radio talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Bobiwine has sued the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, Mbale RDC Balasa Sulaiman Ogajo and the DISO of Mbale George Mwoda.

He wants the IGP and his co accused to pay him for violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression .

He is also accusing them of discriminating against him since they said police officers allowed other politicians to hold their talk show on the same day on the sane radio stations.

Others being sued include Mbale regional police commanded Wesley Nganizi, Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe Fred and Mbale CPS commander Kato Arafti.

Bobiwine want court to compel the said police officers to individually pay him punitive damages accusing them of during teargas amongst his supporters.

Bobiwine also seeks other declarations including a permanent injunction against police from ever stopping or interfering in his campaigns or talk shows on TV or radio countrywide.

Demolishing a church is the worst form of impunity -Muntu

By Sania Babirye

Alliance For National Transformation president Gen.Mugisha Muntu has described last Sunday’s demolition of a church near a police station in the night hours as the worst form of impunity that Ugandans have been subjected to by those who commit crime in the country.

Addressing the media this afternoon at their party headquarters in Kampala, Gen.Mugish Muntu said that it is not enough that government made some arrests but those responsible must be brought to book.

He says that for a whole church to be brought down must have taken a lot of hours and for anyone to demolish a worshiping place without police coming in shows that those responsible think that they can get away with any impunity in the country.

Muntu has now called upon Ugandans to speak against the alleged impunity as the only way of fighting and resisting it.

He says the worst scenario for any country is to have those who control weapons or the rich to be the one exercising impunity without any reprimands.

Muntu says all people with denominations including church leaders and the public must speak out against such injustices because if they don’t, God will not come and speak out for them.

Winnie Kiiza crosses over to ANT

By Sania Babirye

Kasese woman member of Parliament Winfred Kiiza has joined the exodus of those leaving Forum for Democratic Change for other parties. She was this morning unveiled ad a new member of Gen.Mugisha Muntu’s party Alliance for national Transformation.

Hon.Kizza is now the newest member of Forum for Democratic change to cross to ANT after Hon.Paul Mwiru and Kasiano Wadri and FDC’s leaning independent Gerald Karuhanga crossed to ANT.

Speaking immediately after her unveiling, Hon.Kizza thanked FDC for the time she had spent with them as a party member but maintained that ANT has values that she currently believes in if there is any hope of bringing the needed change to Uganda.

She further stated that although she will not be running for any Parliamentary seat, she believes that she can still work with ANT to bring change without being in Parliament.

Hon.Kiiza has now promised Ugandans that she will continue to struggle for change through ANT because she believes and trusts the ANT leadership will bring that a much awaited change that many Ugandans who have lost hope are still yearning for.

City lawyer petitions EC over amendments in NURP

By Sania Babirye

People power movement and National Unity Platform party spokesperson Joel Senyonyi has described a petition by city lawyer challenging the legality of their party as just another tactic that government is playing to delay their capture of power.

In a letter dated 3rd August 2020, city lawyer James Byamukama petitioned the electoral commission over an alleged illegal amendment of NURP political party, change of party names, symbols and colours and change in its top leadership by electing Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi as its party president and presidential flag bearer for the 2021 general elections.

However, Senyonyi says the entire process was legally carried out but state is just using any agent to cut on their speed to capture power.

He says that as NUP, they will not waste time on any baseless allegations even but will continue to mobilize and register party members as they prepare for the 2021 general elections.

FDC extends nomination deadline for the third time

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change Party leadership has once again postponed the nomination deadline for presidential flag bearer.

The Party’s Electoral Commission chairperson Bonifance Toterebuka Bamwenda told journalists at the Party offices in Najjanankumbi-Kampala that reluctance by the National Electoral Commission to furnish them with electoral guidelines was the reason they have continued to postpone events.

Bamwenda said the new schedule would be announced when the National Executive Committee (NEC ) convenes on Friday.

Bamwenda said those interested in picking nomination forms for FDC Presidential flag bearer must pay 5 million shillings which is non refundable.

This is the third time when the main Opposition Party postpones nominations.

The Party has also issued a one week ultimatum to all it’s district structural leadership to identify Member of Parliament aspirants in the newly demarcated 46 Counties by government.

I am not leaving the presidential race- Besigye

By Sania Babirye

Col.Kizza Besigye says he is not ready to leave the race for presidential flag bearer as some members of the public are suggesting .

Besigye says he did not come into the race as a part timer and that until Uganda achieves change , he will never retire from politics.

According to Besigye, everyone is invited in the fight for change on their own and since he brought himself into the struggle,he will leave on his own free will.

He made the remarks while welcoming Erias Lukwago as an FDC member.

Patrick Oboi Amuriat stated that what they have done today will only make the party stronger.

Beti Kamya, Tinkasimire, Sekandi pick nomination forms

By Deo Wasswa

The vice President Kiwanuka Sekandi is among many politicians who have appeared at Kyadondo plot 13 to pick nomination forms as the NRM party elections draw closer.

While picking the forms Kiwanuka Sekandi has noted that he is still strong with experience that’s why he can’t give a chance for young people to take over Bukoto central.

Tinkasimire Barnabas, the Buyaga West legislator was also among the people who picked nomination forms, speaking to the press, he noted that people power is just a political club where they meet and discuss political issues and they go back home.

He says being people power coordinator in His constituency can’t block him from standing in his party, NRM.

Minister for Kampala, Betty Kamya Namisango also picked nomination forms to stand for Rubaga North.

People power now attached to National Unity Platform

By Sania Babirye

People power pressure group has today unveiled their political party, the National Unity Platform (NUP) a political wing that will usher them into power after the 2021 general elections.

Unveiling the political wig at their movement headquarters in Kamyokya, movement leader and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi said that NUP is a dully registered organization with the National Electoral commission and their symbol is umbrella with the people power slogan in white and red color.

MP Kyagulanyi has clarified that their party comes From the National Unity Reconciliation and Development party that has been around for the past 16 years before they chose to amalgamate and form a new political wing, a process that has been ongoing since 2019.

Bobiwine says they decided to join the said political party after the government made it impossible to register their movement as a political party and that although already formed political parties and organizations had asked them to form a unity, they did not meet the values and objectives that people power shared.

The local musician turned politician says they will also hold talks with those politicians who had expressed interest to run under their political name but subscribes to other political parties and those who are willing to join their united alliance will be welcomed.

Bobiwine also revealed that over 10,000 people have expressed interest in standing on the people power ticket in the coming 2012 general elections.